Trapping and harvesting

Why is it important?

Trapping and harvesting has been important to Aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for thousands of years. It remains an important part of the NWT economy today. NWT wild fur is considered some of the best in the world.

How is it regulated?

Trapping and harvesting in the NWT is regulated by Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). All residents need a licence to trap, available from your local or regional office. Requirements for trapping licences can be found in the NWT Trapping Regulations.

Programs and support

The GNWT offers several programs to support NWT trappers and harvesters. These include:

For more information on trapping in the NWT, click here.